My Life as a Jew

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About the Author

Michael Gawenda is one of Australia's best-known journalists and authors. In a career spanning four decades, he was a political reporter, a foreign correspondent based in London and in Washington, a columnist, a feature writer, and a senior editor at Time Magazine. He was editor and editor-in-chief of The Age from 1997 to 2004.

Michael Gawenda has won numerous journalism awards, including three Walkley awards. He was the inaugural director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and is the author of four books.


"Audacious, pained, heartfelt: I couldn't put it down."
--Helen Garner

"I thought I understood everything there was to understand about my own life as a Jew. But Michael Gawenda's fearless, magisterial book, tracing an arc from Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil" to the casual dinner-party anti-Semitism of contemporary leftists, cracked me open, and nothing has been the same for me since."
--Julie Szego, writer and journalist

"A great book--an enthralling and luminous journey, a love letter to the Jewish people, and a courageous statement of belief, brilliantly written."
--Sam Lipski, former editor-in-chief, Australian Jewish News

"Michael Gawenda has gifted us a book of rare honesty that lays bare a social democrat's personal and intellectual life journey. It stands as a challenge to those open to difficult conversations--about heritage and identity, empathy and its erasure, and the point where friendship ends."
--Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus

"Michael Gwenda's book is searingly candid and a very good read, though it's pretty confronting for Gentiles to grasp fully the divisions that characterise Jewish communities. He has neither spared himself nor others in examining what it means to celebrate being a modern Jew in Australia."
--Geraldine Doogue, journalist and broadcaster